The uses of prospective and retrospective population surveys in the study of coronary heart disease — With a note on Ireland’s suitability for epidemiological studies
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Problems in the elucidation of the causes of coronary heart disease are discussed. The author refers in detail to the prospective and retrospective epidemiological techniques. The author contends that the retrospective approach is neglected by workers in the coronary heart disease research field. The reasons for this neglect are discussed and suggestions are put forward to ensure the acceptability of the retrospective approach. Results from a comprehensive retrospective study are reported by the author and compared with results from prospective studies. A special note is made of Ireland’s suitability for epidemiological studies.
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